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After You Apply for Flood Mitigation Assistance Funds

Managing Your Award

After FEMA has completed its review of all FMA subapplications, each of them will be assigned and updated with one of the following three statuses:

  • Identified for Further Review (IFFR) – An application which is listed as IFFR is not a notification of award. This means that a subapplication has met the requirements specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance.

    At this time, applicants are required to work with a FEMA Regional Office to complete the pre-award activities for subapplications. Regional Offices will also complete the Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) compliance review for projects prior to award. Applicant management costs will be awarded based on the planning and project subapplications that are “identified for further review” and will not be awarded in excess of 10% of the total grant award.

    Additionally, awards will be subject to the availability of funds. FEMA may, at its discretion, request additional information or documentation regarding administrative or procedural requirements and conduct additional programmatic reviews before making a final decision.
  • Not Selected – This means the subapplication met the Hazard Mitigation Assistance requirements, but is not selected due to limited program funding. FEMA offers two recommendations for subapplications that met the program requirements but are not selected due to limited program funding. One recommendation is that the applicant may re-submit the subapplication during a future cycle of the Flood Mitigation Assistance or FMA grant program. Or, if funding is available, an application can be submitted to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
  • Does Not Meet HMA Requirements – This means the subapplication either did not meet the initial eligibility requirements, or was determined to be not feasible and/or cost effective.
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Your FEMA Regional Office can provide further information to applicants on these subcategories. Subapplicants should contact their appropriate state, tribe or territory (applicant level) Hazard Mitigation Office for further information. State and territory contacts are provided here: State Hazard Mitigation Officers

Once a status has been assigned, FEMA will make a formal announcement. At that time, FEMA Regions will conduct any additional pre-award review action necessary. Applicants should work with their FEMA Regional points of contact and subapplicants should work with their applicant points of contact.

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FY 2020 Subapplication Status

On July 1, 2021, FEMA announced the status of subapplicants for the $700 million available in fiscal year 2020 grants. See the selections for:

Managing Your Award

The Period of Performance (POP) is 48 months for Community Flood Mitigation Projects and 36 months for all other activities, starting on the date of the recipient’s federal award. Any subsequent amendments to the federal award, including awarding additional subawards, will not extend the POP unless explicitly stated.

Mitigation Project Requirements

Mitigation projects must, at a minimum, be in conformance with the latest published editions (meaning either of the two most recently published editions) of relevant consensus-based codes, specifications and standards that incorporate the latest hazard-resistant designs.

If the mitigation project is within a Special Flood Hazard Area, it must meet both of the following conditions:

  • The project is in a jurisdiction participating in the National Flood Insurance Program that is not on probation, suspended or withdrawn.
  • The property owner obtains and maintains flood insurance for the life of the structure, regardless of transfer of ownership, in an amount at least equal to the project cost or to the maximum limit of coverage made available with respect to the mitigated property, whichever is less.

Long-Term Monitoring Requirements

By accepting an award, all recipients agree to participate in monitoring or an evaluation of the grant, which may include analysis of the impact and providing access to program operating personnel and participants, as specified by the evaluator(s).

Starting Project Construction

Construction activities can begin after approval. Construction activities for which ground disturbance has already been initiated or completed prior to funding award are not eligible for funding. Non-construction activities that have already started may not be considered for funding if not approved as pre-award activities.